September 8, 2015
It sure would be useful to find out who Bob Roth is. Actually, I just did and it wasn’t that useful. Regardless, after the deadly dull summer plot, I still have hopes that this fall’s plot, with Marty’s drinking and the return (?) of Holly Dobbs, delivers the goods. We’ve already got amateur sleuth Coach Kaz investigating with his sunglasses perched on his head (or do we? what happened between panels two and three?) so I just hope all of this buildup takes us someplace both great and surreal.
Just time for a quick update on a relaxing Labor Day.
Practice continues as Gil and Kaz reminisce about pads. Could anybody be nostalgic about the pads themselves? They seem bulky, heavy, hot and uncomfortable and, given high school budgets, they are probably stored away in musty sheds all spring and summer with blocking sleds and smell like hell. But what do I know of the romance of jock culture?
Workers have been in Bob Roth’s room all week, but only Kaz has noticed as Gil has still been laying low and taking lots of “lemonade breaks”. Who is Bob Roth? What’s up with his room? Don’t we already have a hanging subplot to develop?
We’re well into Week 2 of True questioning everything about the college football recruiting process to anyone who will listen. Is it some kind of Jedi Mind Trick® designed to put Rodney Curtis & co. off their game, thereby raising True’s stock in the process? Or is it part of an ongoing, fourth wall-breaking Take That to the college sports machine from Neal? (Maybe we should be calling him Mary True.) Rubin certainly knows how to use the Rule of Three in his dialogue.
Well at least we were spared a scene at the Milford CC until July 30. Glad to see proper decorum is being maintained, with Gil and Kaz required to wear long pants on the course. Spares us from having to see Gil’s ankles and feet again.
edit: A non-TWIM commenter saw my reference to “sports machine” earlier and wondered why I didn’t name check George Michael. A short forehead slap later, I offer this bit of nostalgia.
Well here’s Marty in the basement again – this time over by the HVAC vent – and he’s had the sudden realization that the first day of summer is only three days away so he’d better start making Milford lose. He rolls 11s or 66s for Stebbins and Brown but too bad, Milford is a Fielding Three so there goes this game.
– Is the basepath between first and second only six feet away from the mound or is the Tilden baserunner twelve feet tall?
– Why does every Milford sports team (and every baseball team in the Valley) wear jerseys with those weird flat-at-the-bottom collars? Who makes those anyway? I’m sure I’ve asked that before but don’t remember the answer (or have time to search for it this morning). Similarly, why does every team have the same thick single stripe uniform trim? Whigham can draw the mesh in a crotch-high chain-link fence, but he can’t draw pinstripes?
– The sports action this spring has taken a back seat to Boo Loves True, so is it possible Gil Thorp is shifting away from well-defined sports season arcs? Summer 7-on-7 morphed into fall football last year, maybe the sports are now providing the backdrop for character development (such as it is)? Talk amongst yourselves; I’m running late for work. Maybe I’ll update this post later today.
EDIT: Still trying to figure out who makes the square collared jerseys. For basketball, it’s Under Armour. For football, adidas did for a while; here’s their TECHFIT jersey circa 2010-11 for Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, and Michigan. They also made them for Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Cincinnati and Louisville per this article.
Still not sure about baseball. Am I onto something?
Back to the field after having way too much coffee and its .. Wade Mason? Was he in the rotation at the beginning of spring? I dont remember him at all, we’ve been to busy with the True/Boo friendship to notice stuff like baseball or games or anything of that sort. Anyway he’s an ace in the mold of Marty DeJong (2001-2) and also throws portside, so leftys have a devil of a time with him, as we see in P2 even though its nothing but shadows. P3 has another wierd conversation, as a Milf player thought a pitch sounded outside. Well, if you can hear an outside pitch, more power to you, cuz I sure cant.
May 21, 2015
“Hold up, Kaz. We haven’t been coaching all season so why start now?”
“What do you call what you were doing on the mound a couple of days ago?”
“A momentary lapse of reason.”
Gil and Kaz hold their ground while Max “Lefty” Ortiz (probably plays the field without a glove; holy cow, what a paw!) gives True a dressing down. Still waiting for True’s rebuttal to the effect of “If it wasn’t for me your skinny ass would have stayed on jayvee all season.” Some pep talk, Max – Milford didn’t score any more runs in the game. Can you pin all that on True too?
Speaking of skinny, is that supposed to be Max asking true to The Bucket in P3? We’re supposed to believe he’s put on 100 pounds or so since the fall?
If all of this leads to True dropping baseball – and this story arc dropping baseball – I’m all for it. Former pushy busybody sports dad Art Standish has been conspicuously absent from this strip for a long time: you’d have thought he’d be raising hell at his son for jeopardizing his meal ticket. We’re also overdue for Boo Radley getting the hubris smacked out of her in some fashion.
May 14, 2015
“… he’s a quick study. Good thing, too. I was afraid I was gonna have to coach for more than two panels.”
The devil is in the details today:
– Who knew Kaz had such delicate little feet?
– Three strikes do not make a walk. ;)
– Milford baseball jerseys have the same squared-off neckline that Milford football jerseys do. Anyone know what brand does that? I don’t think it’s Nike – they’ve got that underwire thing going.
– On the other hand Mudlark catching gear doesn’t look quite so modern. I can’t tell if that’s a hockey goalie-style mask propped up on Mike Granger’s head but looks like he’s wearing his soft cap under it, which for catchers I think went away with wool flannel uniforms.
– Beyond Central’s outfield fence lies a forest of car air fresheners.
Next up: Will True also be a quick study of Boo Radley? He probably has Cliffs Notes.